Volunteer in Our Community

Published on September 08, 2020

Raising awareness of volunteer opportunities in Kanata and West Carleton  

[Updated September 8, 2020] 

MPP Merrilee Fullerton is pleased to highlight a local volunteer group or effort via her website, Facebook and Twitter platforms. This is part of the MPP's commitment within Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative

Read the July 8, 2019 media release and MPP Fullerton's comments at the time of the volunteer initiative's launch. 


This Week's Feature

During our community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, profiling a local volunteer group on a weekly basis is being suspended. However, as concerned citizens and community volunteers, there are ways for you to help within our community. Stay in contact with your family and friends on the phone and on-line. Call your neighbours to ensure everything is fine with their family. Connect with seniors and those most vulnerable to see if there is anything they might need. Be a good neighbour and friend -- and take care of your loved ones.  


Past Features

  • Briarbrook, Brookside, Morgan’s Grant Community Association
  • Bridlewood Community Association 
  • Bruyere
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Carp Fair
  • Cleaning the Capital 
  • Constance Bay Community Market 
  • Hospice Care Ottawa
  • Huntley Community Association 
  • Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association 
  • Kanata Food Cupboard 
  • Kanata Lakes Community Association 
  • Kanata Minor Hockey Association 
  • Kanata Seniors Council 
  • Kanata Theatre
  • Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association
  • Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario
  • Oasis in Kanata 
  • Ottawa Mission 
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital
  • Royal Canadian Legion #638 Kanata & #616 West Carleton Branches  
  • Salvation Army's Toy Mountain
  • Savvy Seconds - West Carleton 
  • Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa 
  • Trailwest Community Association
  • West Carleton Food Access Centre 
  • West Ottawa Community Resource Centre 

(See below) 


Trailwest Community Association


Contact Email: info@mytrailwest.ca

Members’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mytrailwest/

Trailwest - Kanata's Connected Community – is located in Kanata South and is a rapidly growing future-oriented community. The Community Association includes Trailwest and Bridlewood Trails and is committed to building a safe, fun and friendly neighbourhood. To connect and/or join, inquire via the Association’s active Facebook Group Page. (Photo is my visit with the volunteers at the Trailwest Summerfest last August.) 



Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association


Contact Email: katimavikhazeldean@gmail.com

With the mantra “Making Neighbourliness Easy,” Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association (KHCA) is a volunteer group serving the Kanata neighborhood bounded by the Queensway (highway 417), Hazeldean Road, Eagleson Road and the Carp River (a bit further West than Terry Fox Drive). The KHCA works to promote and protect the interests of Katimavik-Hazeldean residents and its community improvements, as well as organize events which bring our residents together and help foster a sense of community. It manages a wonderful community multi-sport program for kids. KHCA hold regular meetings and welcomes new volunteers – contact: katimavikhazeldean@gmail.com

Briarbrook, Brookside, Morgan’s Grant Community Association (BMGCA)


Contact Email: comms@bmgcakanata.ca 

Members’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bmgca/

Briarbrook, Brookside, Morgan’s Grant Community Association (BMGCA) is a group of volunteers from three Kanata North neighborhoods and our mission is to invite our community to connect, share, and discuss what’s happening in the neighbourhoods. BMGCA manages annual community events, greening and tree planting projects, spring and fall clean-ups, liaison with the City, and maintains three outdoor rinks. People interested in joining or volunteering with the BMGCA visit its website, Facebook page or email: comms@bmgcakanata.ca

Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association


Contact Email: info@kanatabeaverbrook.ca        

Location: The KBCA Community Centre - 1002 Beaverbrook Rd. Ottawa, ON, K2K 1L1

Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association (KBCA) a non-profit, volunteer community association making Kanata’s first and oldest neighbourhood of Beaverbrook a great place to live. The association manages the Beaverbrook Community Centre and three outdoor skating rinks and supports a number of local groups among its many activities. People interested in volunteering at KBCA can email: kanatabeaverbrook@googlegroups.com or leave a voice mail message at (613) 592-4435. Learn more about the volunteer opportunities clicking here.  

Huntley Community Association


Phone: 613-839-2959

Email: info@hca-carp.ca

Location: The Huntley Community “Mess Hall” is located near the Diefenbunker

PO Box 167  /  2240 Craig Side Road in Carp, ON K0A 1L0

The Huntley Community Association (HCA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led group of local citizens, who service the community of Carp and the rural area around it. The association has been in existence for more than 60 years and operates a softball program, the Outdoor Hockey Rink in Carp, Mess Hall rentals, and many community events. Interested people and those interested in volunteering can email: info@hca-carp.ca

Bridlewood Community Association


Contact via the website OR

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BridlewoodCA

The Bridlewood Community Association serves Kanata South residents living east of Eagleson Road, south and west of the National Capital Commission Greenbelt, and north of Hope Side Road. BCA is a very active, volunteer-run community association that strives to make the Bridlewood a vibrant family-friendly community. Click here to find out the many ways you might volunteer in this lovely neighbourhood:   https://www.bridlewood.ca/volunteer/


Kanata Lakes Community Association


Contact: kanatalakesca@gmail.com

Also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KanataLakes/

The Kanata Lakes Community Association serves the residents of Kanata Lakes, Heritage Hills, Kanata Estates and Richardson Ridge. KLCA is a completely volunteer-run organization which seeks to connect neighbours, educate the community, and provide a voice when issues arise. KLCA has an excellent website where you can keep up-to-date on the unfolding situation with the Kanata Lakes Golf Course. Learn more about the KLCA -- always seeking new volunteers for their community activities.


Kanata Seniors Council


Phone:  613-254-7164

Email:  Council@KanataSeniors.ca

The Council office is located in the Kanata Seniors Centre

2500 Campeau Drive, Kanata  K2K 2W3

The Kanata Seniors Council is a non-profit organization providing funding for programs and services for our community’s seniors. It actively supports the services of the Kanata Seniors’ Centre and fundraises for the centre. However, the Council is a registered charity and operates apart from the City of Ottawa’s Kanata Seniors’ Centre. The Council’s motto is “Seniors helping seniors.” Learn more about volunteering opportunities with the Kanata Seniors Council here.




Main Number: 613-562-6262

Volunteering at Élisabeth-Bruyère Hospital, Élisabeth-Bruyère Residence and Saint-Vincent Hospital: 613-562-6262, ext. 8250 or email volunteer@bruyere.org

Volunteering at Saint-Louis Residence and Bruyère Village: 613-562-6262, ext. 2517 or email volunteer@bruyere.org

Bruyère is a multi-site academic health care organization that is serving Ottawa residents by maximizing quality of life and helping people stay and return home. Bruyère delivers a wide variety of services in aging and rehabilitation, medically complex, palliative, residential and primary care. There are more than 745 volunteers who provide compassionate care and services to our patients, residents, clients, tenants and their families. Learn more about volunteering at Bruyère here.


The Ottawa Mission   


Phone: 613-234-1155

Email: foundation@ottawamission.com

Mission Headquarters: 46 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON  K1N 6E4

We offer hope to people in the community who need it most. The Ottawa Mission provides not only food (more than 1300 meals served each day), clothing, and shelter (more than 200 each night), but a wide variety of life-changing programs that help people regain their dignity and provide hope for a better future. These programs include addiction treatment, education and job training, employment and housing services, medical and dental care, and hospice care.

Learn how you can get involved here: Volunteer at the Ottawa Mission.

Donate to the Mission here: Donate today.

Share warmth and hope at Christmas. DYK you can provide a holiday meal for just $3.47!?


Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain  


Every year children across our community experience the fun of Christmas because of the work of The Salvation Army and their infamous Toy Mountain. The Salvation Army collects donated toys at Ottawa’s major malls and from organized group events. Arrangements can also be made for a pick-up where over 100 toys have been gathered. Once in the Toy Distribution Centre, The Salvation Army relies on volunteers to inspect, sort and package the toys by age and gender. If you would like to volunteer at the Toy Mountain Distribution Centre, please contact:  kristine_farnel@ottawaboothcentre.org


Canadian Blood Services


CBS: “We are Canada’s biological lifeline. We are the connection between the sincere generosity of donors and the heartfelt appreciation of recipients, between the profound discoveries of science and the joyful restoration of health. As such, we are nationally responsible for a secure system of life essentials for transfusion or transplantation that’s reliable, accessible and sustainable.”  Learn more about volunteering for the CBS here: volunteer at donor centres, in your community, and/or with public awareness.

On Tuesday, November 26, the CBS will be at the Kanata Rec Complex, 100 Charlie Rogers Place. Please consider donating – and you can book your appointment here.

Make-a-Wish Eastern Ontario    


Phone: 613-234-3555

Email: eontariochapter@makeawish.ca

92 Bentley Avenue, Unit 4, Ottawa

You can help make the hopes and dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions a reality! You can be a part of a network dedicated to helping children feel better, stronger and more hopeful for their future. The Make-a-Wish Chapter in eastern Ontario relies on the support of individuals, organizations and volunteers to help create each magical wish experience for our children. With local children, it has made 781 wishes come true. Learn more here: Get Involved. Make a Difference.   On November 30, support local efforts at this fundraiser: Taste of the Holidays!


The Royal Canadian Legion    


In our Kanata-Carleton community we have two Legion Branches:

#638 Kanata Branch and #616 West Carleton Branch

Call: Kanata 613-591-5570 & West Carleton 613-832-2082

The Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran and community service organization. Through its local Branches and members, the Legion raises funds and supports essential services for those in need, and responds to the unique needs of their community. Learn more about how active Legions are in our community here. Did you know that anyone can join the Legion?? – and here’s how.

The Legion is responsible for planning and coordinating annual Remembrance Day ceremonies in communities across the country, Every year, tens of millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. Learn more about the Poppy and its significance.


Hospice Care Ottawa     


Volunteer with the Hospice:  https://www.hospicecareottawa.ca/volunteer.html

Hospice Care Ottawa is a community-based charitable organization that offers palliative and end-of-life programs and services to people living in the City of Ottawa.  All services are offered at no charge to clients and their families.  Community Hospice Care programs include in-home visits and day hospice, Residence Hospice Care, Bereavement Care and Caregiver Support.  Learn more about volunteer opportunities here: https://www.hospicecareottawa.ca/volunteer.html

Support the Hospice’s current fundraiser: Homes for the Holidays 2019 will take place on November 15,16 & 17.



Savvy Seconds – West Carleton    


To connect for an appointment or to donate, call (613) 240-8644

Or email: Vera Jones vljones@ymail.com

Savvy Seconds is a free clothing venue for the whole family. The store is located at 5670 Carp Road in the West Carleton Community Complex. Anyone can make an appointment to see the current inventory to take what they need. It is free and confidential. Donations of clean, gently used clothing gratefully accepted.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Share.

The Kanata Food Cupboard   


For help or to donate, call 613-836-7847

Warehouse @ 340 Legget Dr, Door #46

Or email: Cara-Leigh Wyllie - Manager, Operations and Volunteer Coordination

Kaitlyn Lalonde - Client and Community Outreach Coordinator

The Kanata Food Cupboard is a non-profit charitable organization providing food assistance to Kanata individuals and families in need. This is the time of the year when donations drop off drastically. We welcome your food donations! You can drop off at our Warehouse Mon-Fri, 9-12 or at 7 different stores throughout Kanata. Also, learn more about volunteer opportunities here: http://www.kanatafoodcupboard.ca/volunteer


West Carleton Food Access Centre  

Contact by phone: 613-832-5685 (Mon, Wed, Fri -- 9 am-1 pm) or email: WCfoodaid@gmail.com

The Community Complex at the intersection of Carp and Kinburn Roads

The Food Bank is open to all West Carleton residents year-round. It provides four to five days of food up to once a month. Fresh food included and special diets are accommodated if donated items are on hand. Pick-up hours Mon, Wed, Fri 2:30 pm-3:30 pm. There is more information at https://ottawa.cioc.ca/record/OCR0946.


Cleaning the Capital     


Contact via the City of Ottawa Webpage (above)  

The Cleaning the Capital campaign occurs in the spring and fall of every year throughout our City. This fall until October 31, residents will come together to make our city clean and green. Litter pickup projects must be registered, and participating teams, upon request, receive a cleanup starter kit to assist them with their projects. Learn more about the program here: What is Cleaning the Capital?

This upcoming weekend, September 27-29, volunteers from across Ottawa will be participating in Capital Cleanup Weekend!  Click here for all the details of this program.  


The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa    


Phone: 613-746-8719

Email General Manager joanne.andrews@snowsuitfund.com

For fundraising inquiries, please send a note to communications@snowsuitfund.com.

Depot Location: 225 Donald St Unit 134 Ottawa, ON K1K 1N1

The Snowsuit Fund is an Ottawa-based charity that raises funds for the purchase and distribution of new, quality made snowsuits to needy children, 15 years and under, in our community. In a typical season, we distribute approximately 16,000 new snowsuits to qualifying families. Countless other families simply in need of a helping hand benefit from our freely available collection of gently used winter outerwear. Learn how to get involved and volunteer here.


Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre   


2, MacNeil Court in Kanata  K2L 4H7
Phone: 613-591-3686
Fax: 613-591-2501

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is a not-for-profit organization that provides health and social services to communities in far west Ottawa. The Centre’s diverse programs and services play a vital role in our community by promoting healthy lifestyle strategies and problem solving skills for individuals and families. Learn more about the services provided residents of all ages – SERVICES & PROGRAMS. And click here to learn how you can volunteer at the WOCRC


The Oasis in Kanata  


Online contact form: https://theoasiskanata.ca/contact/

For matters of a confidential or urgent nature, leave a message: 613-435-1100  

Or email to OasisManager@TheOasisKanata.ca.

The Oasis in Kanata is a community outreach program of Glen Cairn United Church that offers information, education, and support for caregivers of people with mental illness living in Kanata and the surrounding area. Information Sessions and Caregivers Matter support group sessions are free and open to all. Workshops and multi-week courses, provided by accredited organizations, are offered at nominal cost. Note: The next information session is Monday, September 16, 7 pm  see the information for Limit Setting and Communications

The Carp Fair


Please email info@carpfair.ca

The 156th Carp Fair runs from September 26-29th (exactly one month away!). Our beautiful little fair continues to grow, hosting over 500 events on our grounds! Carp Fair, also known to many as “The Best Little Fair in Canada” is now considered one of the largest Agricultural Fairs in the Capital region, and possibly Canada! Many hands create light work is a motto we’ve adopted, and welcome all that would like to part of our volunteers. If you’re looking to get involved in your community, well, we’d love to meet you! 

The Queensway Carleton Hospital    


Volunteer Information Session email volunteer@qch.on.ca  or call  613-721-4709.

Volunteers are important members of the Queensway Carleton Hospital team and play an integral role in the support of the services provided to the patients, their families and staff. Volunteers also work to raise funds for life-saving medical equipment and other specific hospital needs. The first step to the onboarding process is attending a Volunteer Information Session (contact info above). Learn more about volunteering at the hospital here: https://www.qch.on.ca/volunteers

Constance Bay Community Market  


Contact Cindy Pratt, Market Manager @ marketinthebay@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CBayMarket

205 Bayview Drive, Constance Bay ON, K0A 3M0 (@ the St. Gabriel’s Parish)

The Constance Bay Community Market (CBCM) is a non-profit marketplace serving the residents and visitors of the village of Constance Bay with a vision to become a self-sustaining, regularly occurring, social destination that will meet the growing needs of the community. The market showcases the products of local farmers, gardeners, artisans, and craftspeople. The CBCM is managed and operated by a volunteer board of directors, a group of support volunteers and a manager. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here: https://www.marketinthebay.com/volunteer/


Kanata Minor Hockey Association


(613) 831-7051


@ Kanata Recreation Centre
100 Charlie Rogers Place, Box 3, Kanata ON, K2V 1A2

KMHA is the local minor hockey association that operates under the rules and regulations of Hockey Canada, The Association, among many duties, arranges for and nurtures the development of officials and players, select coaches and players for our teams. Whether you have a child in hockey or not, you are welcomed to volunteer. We are creating a stronger community through hockey.


The Kanata Theatre 


(613) 831-4435

@ Ron Maslin Playhouse  

1 Ron Maslin Way, Kanata ON, K2V 1A7

The Kanata Theatre is an all-volunteer amateur community theatre company that began in 1968. Today there are about 250 members, who put on five main-stage plays and a children’s holiday play each year. We’re always looking for new members to help with everything from set construction to acting to selecting costumes to handing out programs. 


Read more about MPP Fullerton's Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative.